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Ponsonby is a hip inner-city suburb of Auckland, New Zealand that is situated just a few kilometres from the central business district of the city. The district has a rich history that began in the 19th century when it was a haven for rich city residents desiring great views of the harbour. The 1950’s saw a downturn in Ponsonby’s fortunes and the area became full of slums that were later inhabited by Auckland’s artist and LBGT community in the 1970’s. Now Ponsonby has undergone a rebirth and is known for its chic restaurants, upmarket shops, nightclubs and trendy boutiques.

  • Take one of Ponsonby’s historical walking tours that include the Freeman’s Bay Walk through the historic back streets, where you will gain insight into the suburb’s rise from slums to one of the best areas of Auckland.
  • Admire the Gothic style of the St Johns Church, a 19th century wooden structure that includes intricate carved detailing done by Anton Teutonberg.
  • See where the outdoor café culture of Auckland got its start at the One 2 One Café, a mainstay of Ponsonby where local artists can be found sipping strong espressos.

One of the best ways to get around Auckland is by the LINK bus system that has colour-coded routes that snake throughout the city. Train service in this city is limited so many residents prefer to get to Ponsonby using taxis or private cars. City planners have encouraged cycling by constructing a dense network of bicycle paths that go through the city. Ponsonby can be explored on foot, as most of the shops, bars, and cafes are centrally located on The Strip so it is a perfect area to spend an afternoon of shopping and eating.

Hotels in Ponsonby

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From US$84

1 The Surrey Hotel

4 stars
3.5 / 5 20 reviews

465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn Map

With all the contemporary comforts, The Surrey Hotel is a simple timeless refuge, offering you a pure holiday experience. GeneralThe hotel offers excellent conference facilities that cater to your... More

Great time with our son
Great place to stay. Had our fox terrier with us. No problems at all having our dog. The only thing that we had issue with was the people above us could be heard moving around and at times was...
1 Aug 2015
From US$140

2 SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

5 stars
4.7 / 5 147 reviews

90 Federal Street Map

Includes Buffet Breakfast

Offering stunning views and stylish and elegant accommodations, SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland provides an oasis of luxury in the heart of vibrant Auckland. While in the area, tourists should not... More

29 years wedding aniversary
booked for 2nites wish we could stay longer ,location excellent very handy to everything service very friendly and helpful and very clean room and spacious ,so many restaurant and café are nearby...
9 Sep 2015
From US$103

3 Langham Hotel Auckland (The)

5 stars
4.8 / 5 65 reviews

83 Symonds Street Map

Includes Breakfast, Access to Club Lounge & More

Luxurious and modern, The Langham Hotel Auckland provides a convenient base for discerning travellers visiting the biggest city in New Zealand. This Auckland hotel places vacationers close to key... More

Pampered to the max!
My long weekend pampering stay was awesome. I chilled out on the Club level - it was very very very worth it! The Polynesian experience pamper was expensive but worth it. I will be back!
29 Oct 2015
From US$80

4 Rendezvous Hotel Auckland

4 stars
4.6 / 5 312 reviews

Corner Of Vincent Street & Mayoral Drive Map

Breakfast & Dinner For 2, Valet Parking & MORE!

Featuring elegant interiors and sophisticated facilities, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland makes for an ideal base for business travellers and tourists visiting Auckland. During leisure, travellers... More

Great hotel. Right in the middle of Auckland. A short walk to town.
22 Sep 2015
From US$133

5 Stamford Plaza Auckland

5 stars
4.5 / 5 63 reviews

22-24 Albert Road Map

Includes Valet Parking & Breakfast

Offering luxurious accommodation and pleasing hospitality, Stamford Plaza Auckland invites guests to experience the first-class service, timeless decor and excellent inner city location. Guests at... More

Great stay in the city
Enjoyed our stay. Nice, clean & handy to the city. Breakfast buffet.....cannot complain.....loved it. Good view from our room. Fantastic package.
9 Nov 2015
From US$82

6 VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

4 stars
3.0 / 5 4 reviews

401 Queen Street Map

Offering contemporary accommodations situated in the central business district, VR Queen Street makes for a convenient base for business travellers and holidaymakers visiting Auckland. Guests at... More

OK. But......
It's a fairly new Hotel, modern fittings etc. Be careful when booking though as there is one SMALL room on each floor. Just room enough for 1 person. Comfortable, although no chair or somewhere for...
3 Nov 2015
From US$98

7 Crowne Plaza AUCKLAND

4 stars
4.5 / 5 28 reviews

128 Albert Street,PO Box 6841 Map

Crowne Plaza AUCKLAND offers comfortable accommodation and modern facilities ideal for corporate travellers, families and holidaymakers. Local attractions include Sky Tower, Town Hall and Flight... More

Lovely 21st
We were there for a 21st great night but for the price of the room the shower was over the bath no handles to help u in and then fighting a shower curtain while trying to wash. Not good for a elder...
6 Oct 2015
From US$108

8 CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 58 reviews

171 Queen Street Map

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Stylish and sophisticated, CityLife Auckland A Heritage Hotel makes for an suitable retreat for discerning travellers on business trips or leisure vacations in the heart of Auckland. The hotel... More

Excellen accomodation and excellent location !!
Enjoyed New Zealand accommodation. Bed was very comfortable however the sink are not clean everyday. But overall stay was very good and very convenient location to everything.
5 Nov 2015
From US$69

9 Scenic Hotel Auckland

4 stars
4.3 / 5 61 reviews

380 Queen Street Map


Boasting Art Deco architecture and modern conveniences, Scenic Hotel Auckland makes for a comfortable retreat for business and leisure travellers visiting Auckland. Aside from excellent city views... More

Great location
I spent two days attending a Family History Expo weekend at Auckland City Libraries and needed accommodation in the vicinity of the library. The Scenic Hotel was so close to the venue that it was a...
11 Aug 2015
From US$128

10 Heritage Hotel Auckland (The)

4 stars
4.5 / 5 22 reviews

35 Hobson Street Map

Reflecting the traditional style of the buildings famous past, while offering exceptional accommodation, Heritage Hotel Auckland is built to meet the exacting demands of the modern traveller. The... More

Weekend Getaway
Room was OK but only one chair for two people which meant that to eat an in room meal somebody had to sit on bed Also parking charges were very high at $35 a night Came back in mid afternoon to...
28 Jun 2015
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